Have Book, Will Travel, so I was happy to pick up his latest, An Italian Obsession, over the holidays.
Roberto grew up in 1970's Italy, where sex was frequent and drugs were ubiquitous. Roberto falls in love, loses love, and works the underground cigarette market. He gets caught in the act and is sent away; before he knows it, he commits a crime so great it will change the course of his life. This coming of age tale reveals that you can't outrun your past.
Luzzatto's stories are like winding paths in the forest--you can never be too sure where you might end up if you just stay on the path long enough. You might take a sharp turn without warning after miles of walking calmly in a strait line. That's what makes Luzzatto's writing so interesting, and this book was no exception.
Luzzatto spends a great deal of time on character development, and his story arc is dependent upon these strong and defined characters. I was able to dive into the events of this book and care about the outcome of the people involved. His story kept me on my toes and kept my fingers turning the page to find out what would happen next; it made for a great reading experience.
As usual, Kindle version on the left, hard copy on the right. Enjoy!